The Caddo Herald
March 1, 1929
Of Local Interest
Bebe Chiles is visiting her aunt, Mrs. Cofey at Henrietta.
Miss Zuleika Boland spent the weekend with friends in Ada.
Carroll Franks and Chas. Dale were here Sunday from Seminole.
Early Zion, deputy sheriff, has a new baby girl at his home near Matoy.
Hal Watkins and W. N. Green of Atoka, visited friends in Caddo Tuesday.
Miss Marguerite Boland attended a senior party in Durant last Friday night.
Ruel Taylor, sheriff, and J. A. Shirley, county attorney, were in town Tuesday.
W. T. Styron, of Konawa, was transacting business in Caddo the first of the week.
Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Ridens left this week for Madill where they will make their home.
Mrs. Roby Barber, Sewell, Rachel, and Royce, spent last weekend with relatives in Ada.
Misses Beth Moore and Zuleika Boland witnessed the game in Durant Tuesday evening.
Ducks were flying north this week. Maybe zero weather is gone for a while. You can’t fool a duck.
Mrs. Roy Barber, Mrs. Jim Sargent, Mrs. G. A. Crossett, and Mrs. T. I. McGraw were Denison visitors Tuesday.
W. W. Boone was in Denison last Sunday to attend the 60th wedding anniversary of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Boone.
The four-month old baby of Mr. H. Flowers, who lives southeast of town, died Monday. The family has the sympathy of the community.
J. R. and Eulen Stevens went to Mulberry, Ark. last week to attend the funeral of Mrs. Crocker, a sister of J. R. Stevens. Mrs. Croker formerly lived near Caddo.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Stedham, Mr. Claud Davis of Denton, Texas, R. A Wood of Coleman, and Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Jones of Wilson, spent Saturday night and Sunday with J. A. Wood and family.
Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Beck entertained with a surprise party Monday evening in honor of Miss Sarah Ellen, it being her 18th birthday anniversary. The evening was spent in music and games. Delicious refreshments were served.
Mrs. V. B. Hayes, Mrs. Lynn Click, and Mrs. John Hayden were here Wednesday boosting for their Missionary society play, Aunt Lucia, which will be given at the Liberty Theater in Durant Tuesday and Wednesday. Several local men will appear as flappers on the program.
Dr. and Mrs. Cochran entertained the Lions club Tuesday evening with a fried chicken dinner. Hal Watkins made high score in the games and was given a package of safety pins. Misses Mary Adeline Boland, Mabel Alice Grewell, Sarah Ellen Beck, Frank Semple, and Joe Hill furnished music and readings. Mrs. Cochran was assisted in serving by Mrs. Pitchlynn, and Miss Pauline Carlton.
The Caddo Herald
August 24, 1928
Free Fair to be September 3 and 4
The several committees are working on the Free Fair of Caddo Township to be held September 3rd and 4th. If their plans mature the Fair will be a most excellent attraction. The features will be educational altogether. No commercial amusement features will be allowed, it being thought the people have a more necessary use for what little money they possess. Get your exhibits ready now, for the Fair. The prizes, while not large, are worth working for.
September 7, 1928
Caddo Free Fair was Huge Success
The Caddo Township Fair held last Monday and Tuesday in the Schwartz and Baxter buildings, was a success from every standpoint. The exhibits were largely attended from the first day and in the exhibits there was a considerable improvement in both quality and number.
Miss Nina Craig was the judge of the women’s’ exhibits and Mr. C. E. Murray of Tishomingo was the judge of the remainder of the fair. Both gave fair and impartial judging to all exhibits shown. They reported considerable competition in quite a few of the exhibits and the quality shown was far the best that has ever been shown in our fair. Committees in charge are well pleased with the outcome of every department of the fair. Begin to plan your exhibits now for next year. (can’t read remainder of article)
September 6, 1929
Township Fair is in Full Sway Now
Caddo Township Fair opens today in fully sway. The main exhibits are in the Baxter building downtown, where headquarters have been established. Mr. C. A. Wood, teacher of Vocational Agriculture, is in charge of the exhibits and arranges things just right.
People began to bring exhibits early in the day and by night a full exhibition was expected. The cattle and livestock will not be exhibited until Saturday. They will be stationed at the Lyon-Gray lumber yard where there is shade and protection from the sun and rain.
Be sure to come to Caddo both days. Bring the family; let them enjoy the educational features of the fair. You can see good articles and know how to better your own.
There will be no raucous carnival, no distracting elements at this fair. It is purely educational and it is entirely free. Free from graft, free from questionable shows, free from admission charge, free in every way. Come to Caddo.
September 13, 1929
Township Fair was Best Ever in Caddo
The Caddo Township Fair last Friday and Saturday was by far the best ever held in Caddo. The exhibits were many, varied, and of excellent quality. The attendance was good both days; the folks came to learn.
More than 100 animals were on exhibition Saturday and they were as good as are to be found anywhere.
The ladies department showed much excellence. Carrol’s Chapel and Midway schools had excellent displays that indicated progressive communities. The 4-H displays indicate an enlightened youth.
There were 401 exhibits a the Fair, divided as follows: Agriculture 90, Horticulture 27, Livestock 70, Home Demonstration 61, Miscellaneous 80, Poultry 31, 4-H club 42. So you see, the winners in each division had lots of competition and a blue ribbon really means something.
Mr. Wood took a large part of the exhibits to the County Fair now going on and we look for Caddo to win some prizes. Much of the success of the Fair was due to the efforts of Prof. C. A. Wood, teacher of Vocational Agriculture who had charge of the exhibits.
I have decided that from time to time I need to share some of my thoughts and ideas gleaned from fifteen years of genealogy experience. I know I am still an amateur compared to many researchers, but I do hold a rather unique position, in that I investigate the history of a town and its people. Others are wise enough to stick with one or the other as their hobby! So, as I have been putting the final pages of my latest book together it occurred to me that one of the advantages of my type of research- gleaned mostly from old newspapers- is that I am able to gather much more than facts and dates. Through the events documented in the paper I can put together bits and pieces of an ancestor’s personality. I can imagine them playing cards or going to the theater with friends or working on a project with their neighbors. I love knowing that my great-grandfather was quite outspoken about politics. I chuckle when I read that Charley Ellis always kept a fresh potato in his pocket to ward off rheumatism. I sympathize with the whole town when I read of how many people died during the flu epidemic. I cheer their efforts to raise money and supplies during WWII.
If you are working on your family tree I encourage you to read about the community your ancestor resided in and to look for clues about their daily lives. You may even be lucky enough to find their names in church, school, entertainment, or sport pages. If you are using an online search system be sure to use variations of their names, especially initials. Early papers were set by hand and always short on space. They assumed everyone was well-known in their community and wrote about S.A. McCoy or I. Schaffer, or Mrs. Brown, rather than use full names. I sometimes start a search with only the surname.
Many libraries still keep microfilm copies of local newspapers even if the library is not associated with a genealogy or historical group. And don’t overlook the holdings of any colleges or museums. I would even ask friends and family about newspaper clippings. My mother kept five complete issues of the local paper (1940s) because they contained articles about our family. And she had several scrapbooks with clippings.
It’s one thing to know that according to the census your great-grandfather lived in Caddo in from 1900 to 1910. It quite another to know that he lived on Buffalo Street, testified in the Hinsley murder trial, attended the Confederate veterans’ picnic, belonged to the Masons, went to the Methodist Church, and enjoyed a masquerade dance. So don’t overlook the wonderful treasures you can find in the newspapers.
BTW, here is a list of the families included in my new book, which will be out next month:
This is a brief obituary, but it is an excellent example of a social practice of earlier times that often causes tremendous complications for genealogists. The elderly of previous generations often went to live with relatives because of disability or dementia or generally failing health. They died in other towns, other counties, or even other states and sometimes were buried there, rather than being returned to Caddo. And to make matters even worse, Marion D. Swift had outlived two wives who ARE buried at Caddo. When people see the headstone of one spouse, but not the other, they sometimes make the assumption that the other spouse is buried nearby and didn’t have a stone or it was destroyed or vandalized at some time. This is an assumption that can lead to many mistakes, especially if there is no obituary- and that was often the case if a person had been gone from his or her hometown for several years. We are lucky that The Herald editor didn’t forget very many former residents who died elsewhere. I don’t know who kept him informed, but I am thankful that he usually included at least a brief mention of their passing. And you will also note that Mr. Swift was not even buried in the state of his death, but was returned to Indiana where he was born.
If you have an elderly ancestor who seems to have “disappeared from all records” I advise you to look to the census and the death records of other states where children and living siblings resided, and to the state of their birth.
The Caddo Herald
July 1, 1932
M. D. Swift (headstone in Connersville says Marion Dale)
Word has been received here of the recent death of M. D. Swift, who up to two years ago was a resident of Caddo and who has more recently made his home with his son Eddie Swift of Inver Grove, Minn. Deceased was 83 years of age and had been preceded by his wife in death some time ago. The body was taken to Connersville, Indiana where it was buried.
Note: Buried in Gethsemane are Ida May Swift (Died July 13, 1893, age 19 years) and Sarah Ann Swift (Age 62 years, 6 mo. 20 days) According to a cemetery record that I found in the museum, Sarah Ann died in Durant on November 20, 1925. I have not yet searched for her obituary.
The Saturday Morning Advertiser (Durant, Okla.)
Saturday, September 24, 1921
Items from Caddo
Mr. and Mrs. Barney Wood were Durant visitors last Friday.
Miss Marion Naylor went to Atoka Friday where she is going to teach school this term.
Prof. Shaw was in Oklahoma City on business Saturday.
Mrs. W. R. Crossett of Ada, visited her son and daughter here last week.
Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Gardner and daughters of Brownfield, Texas visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Boydstun and Mr. and Mrs. Roach.
Miss Mozell Downing left for Norman where she will attend the university.
Miss Evelyn Crutchfield left Sunday for Howe, Texas to begin her school.
Mrs. S. W. Maytubby left for Oklahoma City to visit her son, Mr. Floyd Maytubby.
Miss Louise McCauley of Bennington is visiting her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. McCauley.
Mr. Ralph Chiles left Monday for Alton, Ill. where he will attend a military school.
Mrs. E. G. Baxter and Miss Janice Crossett visited in Sherman last Saturday.
The Caddo Herald
February 25, 1916
High School Notes
In a very fast baseball game between the high School and the Allies, the score ended in a tie- 2 and 2 in favor of the 2’s. Batters for High School: Homer and Nail, and for the Allies: Harris, Robinson, and Beaty.
School is being carried on in this beautiful spring weather just as well as ever.
The boys basket ball season has closed, we have had good success this year in athletics so far, we have percentage of 500 in football, 800 in basket ball and expect to have a percentage of 1000 in baseball. Judging from the conditions now, we may have that, for we’ve retained last seasons’ players and expect to have three players that we did not have last season.
We will open the season about the first of March. In the meantime we will have several games with the Allies.
The practice on the play is professing nicely. We expect to put on a pretty good show which will be staged about the last of this month.
The Juniors have organized a debating team which consists of Clarence Dodd, St. Clair Homer, and Luther Rowsey, debaters, with Audra Hipp coach, and challenge the Seniors, for a debate. The debaters for the Seniors are Fred Slack, Dudley Maytubby, and Ellis Smith with Jack Glasscock as coach. The subject will be “Resolved that science has conferred more to the world than religion”. Juniors affirmative, Seniors negative. The debate will be put on about the first of March.
It don’t seem like we know anything sure this week; it is all “about”, but we will let you know the exact dates later.
Tree planting is the order of the day.
The Websterian Society had several visitors Friday and also had two interesting talks by Mr. Crossett and Mr. Smiser; these talks were enjoyed by all.
The Eurekas had a quotation match.
The Caddo Herald
February 25, 1916
Uncle Ben Markham Dead
Uncle Ben Markham died at Corpus Christi Sunday night from a stroke of apoplexy. The remains were shipped to Trenton, Tennessee for interment. Uncle Ben was crossing Artesian Park when stricken, was taken to the hospital, but lived only a few hours.
Uncle Ben Markham was well known in Caddo. He was 64 years of age, unmarried, and beloved of all who knew him. He was a consistent and faithful member of the Methodist Church; and the years that he lived in Caddo were spent trying to make Caddo a better town. At Corpus Christi he was liked and respected by all, making friends with everybody.
Uncle Ben was one of the best men the writer ever knew and we believe his influence will be felt in years to come. His death came to him suddenly, peacefully and he was ready.
The Caddo Herald
October 27, 1916
All Were at Home
Last Sunday there was a family reunion at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. S. Smiser. Their five sons, only daughter and three grandbabies were there. Mr. A. S. Farnham and daughter, Norma, from Marble Rock, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. B. Stirman Smiser of Ft. Worth, Mr. and Mrs. Garnet Smiser and little daughter, Kathryne and Marie, of Caddo; Ira M. Smiser of Durant; Posey B. Smiser of Philadlephia, and Master Jerome, who is still under the parental roof, composed the party.
It was a glad day to the parents thus again to have around the fireside their family intact and in good health.
The Caddo Herald
November 24, 1916
A.E. Ray, Jr. transacted business in Atoka Tuesday.
T. F. Memminger was here a while Sunday from Atoka.
W. F. Semple, wife, and son were here Sunday from Durant.
Prof. G. C. Rorie spent last Friday and Saturday in Ft. Worth.
J. C. Hogan returned Monday from a business trip west of Ardmore.
H. Eichenberger was a business visitor to Oklahoma City Wednesday.
Mrs. J. A. Wood of Coleman visited relatives in Caddo Sunday and Monday.
Fred Slack was up from Durant Friday and Saturday visiting homefolks.
Miss Ethel Whale of Durant spent Saturday and Sunday with Miss Mattie May Cole.
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Manning and Master Charles Manning were in Durant Monday.
Sam Keith, who moved to Arkansas about two years ago, has returned to Caddo to live.
Dave Horn was in town yesterday trading. He reports the pecan crop good this year.
Misses Avis Park, Sue Petty, and Jennie Scott spent Saturday and Sunday in Durant.
D. McCoy, Grover Braudrick, Misses Monnie Wells, and Alma Hauer spent Sunday in Denison.
Miss Maud Clower, who is attending the Normal at Durant, spent the week end with homefolks.
Mrs. A. B. McCoy spent Sunday in Sherman visiting her father who is in the sanitarium there for treatment.
Misses Myrtle and Maud Drain spent Saturday in Durant where they met their mother and sister from Coleman.
To our many friends who were so kind and thoughtful to us and our Mother during her recent illness and death we wish to extend our heartfelt thanks. J. A. Black and wife.
You only have one pair of eyes, the best you can get for them is not too good. Have your eyes and glasses both examined; if your glasses suit you it will cost you nothing. If not, a nominal sum will be charged for new lens and absolute satisfaction guaranteed. 15 years experience in fitting glass at your service. W. F. Dodd at Corner Drug Store
Miss Floy Crossett came in yesterday from Gainesville to visit her sister Mrs. L. M. Wood.
Misses Bessie and Fannie Welch came down form Atoka Sunday and visited their sister, Mrs. Garnett Smiser.
Miss Josie Malone, Kate Logan, and Vivian Jamison have been this week’s guests at the Wm. Malone home.
Rev. J. D. Catlin of Oklahoma City will preach at the Christian Church next Sunday night. All are invited to hear him.
Rev. and Mrs. J. D. Catlin, sons, Charles, Danah, and Claud, and daughter Marjorie, are the guests of Mrs. Catlin’s sister, Mrs. B. S. Smiser.
I represent standard insurance companies; all losses promptly paid. Lt me have your next policy. A. E. Ray, Jr.
H. T. Bowman, who lives on Route 2, was a visitor to The Herald office Tuesday. He used some of his 20c cotton money to keep The Herald coming to him.
Mrs. A. S. Farnham and little daughter returned today from a visit to Dallas and Ft. Worth and are with Mrs. Farnham’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. S. Smiser.
N. B. McClure was in town Monday with produce. Mr. McClure believes in diversifying his products and as a result has plenty to eat and some money all the time.
Sargent Bros., the draymen, can haul anything anywhere. Call 84 when you want something moved. Always ready for work. It’s worth something to know that it will be done right.
Hugh Maytubby was here a few hours from Muskogee Monday. Like all other good democrats he is rejoicing in Wilson’s re-election and in Oklahoma’s large democratic majority.
Miss Myrtle Malone’s Sunday School class gave her a handkerchief shower at Mrs. Rappolee’s home last Friday afternoon. The little folks had a jolly good time fixing and receiving their guests. Mrs. Rappolee is always ready to help the little folks have a good time.